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Surgeons at the Tokuda Hospital, Sofia, replaced a tumourous rib with a 3D printed implant to save the life of a patient. The rib bone was printed using a 3DGence printer.
Filip Turzyński, 3DGence’s Quality Development Manager, said, “Our 3D printers ensure high 3D dimensional accuracy which was crucial in this particular medical procedure. Individually designed rib model allowed for a very accurate implementation of the new element in place of the removed bone.”
MISSING - RIB - WITH - A - PRINTED
“REPLACING THE MISSING RIB WITH A 3D PRINTED SEGMENT WITH THE SAME SHAPE, CURVE, WIDTH, AND THICKNESS WAS POSSIBLE WITH THE USE OF 3DGENCE 3D PRINTER.”
The 3D printed rib bone, on the left without the support structure. Image via 3DGence.
Use - Technology - Medicine - Research - Surgery
The use of 3D printing technology in medicine is well known, whether it be in research or a life-saving surgery. In the latest such application, Ivaylo Josifov, a 35-year-old man, suffering from a rib tumor was treated.
Josifov went for a simple tonsillitis (inflammation of tonsils) scan, but an X-ray of Josifov chest revealed that he had a tumor in one of his rib bones, a congenital disease that could lead to serious health problems.
Replacement - Surgery - Method - Patient - Doctors
Replacement surgery was chosen to be the best method of treating the patient. However, for this, the doctors needed a highly-accurate way to fabricate the rib bone. 3D printing was the method of choice.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Tzvetan Minchev. Dr. Minchev is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery Department at the Tokuda Hospital and winner of the Physician of the Year 2017 award,...
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